Jacqueline Hayne

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1.51GB; 10:43 min


Death seems a great mystery to many people in the West. The majority of older Australians either die in Hospitals or Aged Care facilities. Our concept of death in Australia can be very clinical. We dress the body to look like the person is still there and that’s the last we see of them; they are taken away to be cremated behind closed doors. Not at the Marnikarnika Ghat in Varanasi. The entire process of death and cremation unfolds right before your eyes. From the bathing to the burning of the body. We will explore this ancient and sacred practice and what this means to the Hindu’s and Spiritualists who come there to die.


INSIGHTS INTO THE ART OF DYING PART 1: The Art of Dying in Varanasi.

Written & Produced by Jacqueline Hayne 2019.

Cast and Crew:

Noel Wright: Host

Sunil Kumar: Interview 1

Vikas Mehrotra 'Manu' Interview 2

Nicky: Boat man and assistant.

One sentence synopsis:

We are going to explore what death means to the people of Varanasi and why the sacred River Ganges and the Marnikarnika Ghat is so important to them, especially at death.


Parental Guidance (PG) - mild impact language/themes



Recommended Citation

Hayne, J. (2019). Insights Into The Art of Dying Part 1: The Art of Dying in Varanasi [Bachelor's Major Project, SAE Institute]. Creo.